Barack Obama has appointed a man who identifies as a woman to serve on his Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships.Earlier this year we learned about Dr. Richard Levine, a man who ‘identifies as a woman’ as Pennsylvania’s new Physician General. Not to be outdone by a state, the Obama administration has kicked things up a notch with the appointment of a cross-dressing, gender-bending man of its own, but perhaps what’s more surprising than the “who” part of the appointment is the “to what.”
Last Thursday the White House announced that the National LGBTQ Task Force’s Barbara Satin has been appointed to serve on President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships.Its nothing short of amazing how far this president has come since his public affirmation of belief that marriage is between one man an one woman just a few years ago.
An active member of the United Church of Christ, Satin has served on the denomination’s Executive Council and was heavily involved in the church’s 2003 decision to affirm the inclusion of transgender people in the full life and ministry of the United Church of Christ. Like Levin, Satin has also been married (to a woman) with whom he had three children.
Satin has a published biography which states in part, “At age 54, Barbara took early retirement and then began to explore more fully her transgender identity.” “With the support of her children and a knowledgeable therapist, Barbara came to understand that her transgender identity was how God had made her and rather than being a curse it could be a blessing in her life.” “As a way to more fully explore her identity, she moved out of the family home to live full-time as Barbara.”Satin is now involved with a number of homosexual and transgender advocacy groups and was invited to the White House earlier this year to speak to the Obama administration about housing issues for seniors who identify as homosexual or transgender. Currently, Satin serves as the Assistant Faith Work Director for the National LGBTQ Task Force.
On the same day (May 12, 2016) Obama announced his intentions to nominate 11 individuals to various administrative posts. “These fine public servants bring a depth of experience and tremendous dedication to their important roles. I look forward to working with them,” the president said in a statement.
And with that, the president’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships is officially being run by Satin (although we do believe it’s pronounced like the fabric, not the demon).[Note: This article was written by Derrick Wilburn]